Mauna Kea Beach is a beach located near to the Mauna Kea Beach Resort. The locals also call the beach Mauumae Beach. There are plenty of trees at Mauna Kea Beach. There are no facilities so you should bring all the necessary equipments. Mauna Kea Beach is usually not visited by a lot of tourists. This is a great beach to bring your kids. When the beach has a gentle surfing wave, you can go swimming. It is also a nice place to go picnicking. You should bring your own drinking water, snacks and food, as there are no nearby restaurants. Mauna Kea Beach is not available to the public directly like other beaches on the north of Hawaii’s Big Island. It is located inside the Mauna Kea Beach Resort. You will have to get into the hotel if you want to gain access to the beach.
At the entrance to the resort, you will see a guard. You must tell the guard that you want to pay a visit to the Mauna Kea Beach. Usually, the guard will let you enter the resort if there is still a parking spot. A permit will be issued to you at no charge. You will be provided with a map so that you know the direction to the Mauna Kea Beach. It takes about 5 minutes to drive to the beach. During the journey, you will pass over 2 wooden bridges. After you passed the 2 wooden bridges, you will reach the power pole #22. You can park your vehicle here. After that, you can take a walk on the trail and head to the beach. It takes another 5 minutes to reach the beach on foot. The hotel has 30 parking places. If you are not staying at the hotel, you should come early so that you will have a place to park your car. If you are staying at the hotel, you can walk to the beach. In case the hotel parking lot is full, you can park your car at the car park near Hapuna Beach.
The best time to come to Mauna Kea Beach is before 9 a.m. If there is no parking spot, you can come again in the afternoon. At this time of the day, most of the people that come early to the beach will be heading home so you should find plenty of parking places. Mauna Kea Beach has a shoreline of about 0.25 mile long. You can stroll on the seashore and enjoy the cool breeze in the afternoon. If you want to snorkel, you can visit the south of side of the beach.